FC Bayern Munich approached PSG defender in transfer window

Hasan Salihamidzic, FC Bayern Munich Sporting Director. (Photo by Roland Krivec/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)
Hasan Salihamidzic, FC Bayern Munich Sporting Director. (Photo by Roland Krivec/DeFodi Images via Getty Images) /

FC Bayern Munich reportedly tried to sign PSG defender in the summer transfer window.

Ever since Alvaro Odriozola arrived at FC Bayern Munich in January on a six-month loan deal without an option to buy, it was clear that signing a new right-back will be on the agenda in summer. Signing a new right-back turned out to be a headache for Die Roten this summer.

The German Champions had made Sergino Dest as the top target for this position, but he moved to Barcelona. They were also loosely linked with Norwich defender Max Aarons, but the transfer never materialized despite the English club playing in the Championship.

According to RMC (via GFFN), Bayern Munich also made attempts to sign Colin Dagba from Paris Saint-Germain. The European Champions had approached representatives of the player, but he decided to stay in Paris.

Even if Die Roten had reached an agreement with Dagba, the negotiations with PSG wouldn’t have been easy. The French club was reportedly upset with Die Roten for signing Tanguy Kouassi earlier in the summer for a free transfer. PSG wouldn’t have preferred another young player joining a European rival.

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Rekordmeister eventually decided to sign Bouna Sarr from Olympique Marseille in the final week of the transfer window. The fee for this transfer has been reported to be close to €10 million. Marseille also did business with Die Roten by signing Mickael Cuisance on a loan deal with an option to buy.

After chasing a young right-back in Dest, Rekordmeister decided to go for an experienced full-back in Sarr. The French defender signed a four year deal with the club. Die Roten will be hoping that Sarr provides a cutting edge in the final third that Benjamin Pavard lacks a bit. Pavard is likely to be the first choice right-back since Hansi Flick has numerous options in central defense.

The arrival of the right-back position will mean that Joshua Kimmich will consistently play in central midfield. The German international had to fill in for injured Pavard during the knockout rounds of the Champions League. Kimmich can focus on providing the grit and guile to the midfield that Thiago Alcantara used to give last season.

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By the end of the summer transfer window, Die Roten have two quality players for every position in the defense, including the goalkeeper. The defensive overhaul that began last summer with the arrivals of Lucas Hernandez and Pavard concluded by signing Sarr this window.